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Social Security Disability Law: A Beginner’s Guide

Social Security Disability Law: A Beginner’s Guide

The Social Security Disability Law is a federal law that lays out the rules that dictate who can receive disability benefits from the federal government. If you are determined to meet the requirements, you are then eligible to receive the benefits, and the state in which you live is obligated to meet the requirements needed for your comfort and quality of life.

A Look into the SSDI Application Process

A Look into the SSDI Application Process

The application and approval process for Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, can look straightforward and fairly simple at a glance, but in reality, getting approval can be quite difficult without proper preparation.

What’s the Difference Between SSDI and SSI?

What’s the Difference Between SSDI and SSI?

These are two terms that you will hear often, and the main difference comes down to the central focus of work history. They are important to differentiate since they are two entirely different government programs.

Are you between the ages of 50 and 65 years old?

If you are also suffering from a disability that prevents you from working, you could be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.

SSDI Eligible Disabilities

Neurological Disorders

Find out if your neurological disorder or condition is one deemed eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.

Mental Disorders

Find out which types of mental disorders can qualify you for benefits, and under what circumstances.


Find out the many different types of cancer that qualify for SSD benefits and what your approval process will depend on.

Chronic Pain

Find out what factors the SSA consider for approval when looking at chronic pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

about Social Security Disability Benefits

What is Social Security Disability?

Social Security Disability is a government program that aims to help financially support those who are physically restricted in their ability to be employed because of a notable disability.

In this way, the program covers both those who formerly worked and those who have never had the opportunity to work due to a disability. If you can’t sustain and regularly attend full-time work, you should qualify for disability.

What is the difference between SSDI and SSI?

The main difference between SSDI and SSI is the revenue source through which they are funded. SSDI is funded through FICA and Social Security taxes. SSI is not financed through Social Security, but rather through general tax revenues. The qualifications for SSDI and SSI also differ.

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays benefits to you and certain family members if you are “insured,” meaning that you worked long enough – and recently enough – and paid Social Security taxes on your earnings. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.

Why was my SSDI claim denied?

Most times, a social security disability claim is denied for the following reasons:

  • The claim is not backed up by enough medical documentation
  • The medical evidence does not meet the disability requirements to make the claim
  • Errors in the application

Many social security disability claims are denied at first, and there are a few options of how to move forward if your claim was denied. The best way to move forward is to appeal your case, instead of re-applying. This prevents you from having to file claims one after the other when you are unsure of the reason your claim was denied. With the help of an attorney, the appeal process can be simple.

Do I have to pay taxes on my Social Security Benefits?

For the most part, these benefits are tax-free, as to qualify to receive benefits you must not be able to work for a year or more as well as meet their income eligibility requirements. While most benefit recipients will not pay taxes, there are situations where you may need to pay federal income taxes on your Social Security benefits.

If your total benefits exceed the below limits, you will need to pay taxes on a portion of your benefits.

  • If you file taxes Single – You will need to pay taxes if your combined income is more than $25,000
  • If you file taxes as Married filing Jointly – You will need to pay taxes if your combined income is more than $32,000

Latest Disability Information

Why Should I Speak to a Disability Lawyer if I Haven’t Applied?

Why Should I Speak to a Disability Lawyer if I Haven’t Applied?

The process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be confusing if you’re not sure how to properly fill out the paperwork. You need the right medical documentation as well, and because of this, more than 65% of claims filed are rejected initially. Speaking with a lawyer beforehand could be the difference between your application being approved and denied.

Medical Conditions and Disability Claims: Do You Qualify?

Medical Conditions and Disability Claims: Do You Qualify?

The Social Security Administration’s Listing of Medical Impairments is a guide containing medical conditions that, given certain conditions are met, automatically qualify you for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

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